Accelerated Part Time BA (Hons) Business Management and Innovation

7th March 2020
28 months




This new part-time programme is designed for people who have work experience (paid or voluntary) and wish to develop both professionally and personally by gaining a degree. Our degree is unique in that it enables your experience to be accredited to accelerate your studies. The degree is particularly suitable for people who prefer or need to study outside of their normal work hours.

The degree is completed within 2 years and 4 months. This builds on a highly successful programme that has been delivered for the last 5 years.

In 2018/19 National Student Survey 93% of our students said they were satisfied with their experience on the programme.  In the same academic year 88% of our students attained a 2:1 or above.

 Key Features:

  • An innovative fast track part-time degree completed within 2 years and 4 months.
  • Learn about business, management and entrepreneurship.
  • Gain accreditation for your work experience through an innovative short course.
  • Incorporates both face-to-face and some online learning modules.
  • Teaching is delivered through a mix of regular workshops on a Saturday, live webinars,  24/7 access to recorded lectures and online lecture notes.
  • Teaching will normally take place at the University of Hertfordshire.
  • High level of direct support to help with academic development.
  • Full access to the University of Hertfordshire’s outstanding facilities including the Learning Resource Centre (open 24/7); extensive on line resources; the Sports Village, Master classes and support for anyone contemplating a business start- up.


The programme incorporates the following modules:

  • Making Business Work
  • People and Organisations
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Planning
  • Analysing Financial Statements
  • Innovation in Action Project
  • Business Leadership in a Changing World
  • Intrapreneurship and Change Management
  • Global Marketing, Ethics and Culture


The programme also leads to a Level 5 ILM Award in Leadership and Management (subject to accreditation).

Successful completion of the programme may make you eligible to be considered for further study on a Master’s degree or MBA at the Hertfordshire Business School.


What is APL?

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process provides you with the opportunity to have your work experience assessed and accredited. Many professionals have an extensive range of expertise, skills and knowledge achieved through experiences outside of the formal education and training systems. We have extensive experience in delivering innovative APL courses over the years. The process involves identifying and assessing the learning from your experience by attending a short course and compiling a structured portfolio. This is an APL course which involves two full day workshops and a tutorial. This must be completed prior to commencing the degree.

 The programme is subject to the University’s Principles, Policies and Regulations for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes (in UPR SA03), along with associated procedures.  These will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).



This degree is designed for people in employment or returning to the work place and have a keen interest in the world of business. Past applicants have come from a diverse range of roles, backgrounds and ages and have included:

  • Personal Assistant
  • Business Administrator
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Manager in a Charity
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Photographer
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Technician
  • Mini Cab Controller
  • Team Leader

The lack of formal academic qualifications is not a barrier to undertaking this degree as a much greater emphasis is placed on your prior work experience.

Successful completion of the programme may make you eligible to be considered for further study on a Master’s degree or MBA at the Hertfordshire Business School.



Applicants are normally expected to have sustained current or recent work related experience. Typically applicants will have at least 3 years sustained work experience (in a paid or voluntary capacity) since leaving formal education.  All offers are subject to an interview to review prior work experience.

Normally, applicants are expected to have GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C/4. However, the University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. We have a flexible approach to admissions and each applicant will be considered on an individual basis taking into account their prior work experience.



There is a £75 fee for the Accreditation of Prior Learning, APL.

£4,500 for year one; £4,500 for year two and £1,500 for year three.

Applicants can apply for a part time student tuition fees loan and a maintenance loan. Further details can be found at


Teaching will typically be delivered through a mix of regular workshops on a Saturday and mid-week evening live webinars. There is 24/7 access to recorded lectures and online lecture notes. Over a typical 4 month period there are likely to be 6 Saturdays to attend (10:00am – 4.30pm). You will also be expected to carry out around 6 hours a week of private study.

Teaching will normally take place at the University of Hertfordshire.




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If you wish to have an informal discussion before applying on-line please contact Viren Amin apply HERE.

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